Tropical Hut is one, if not the oldest, fast food joint in the Philippines. It started in 1962 when the Que family had this idea of putting up a coffee shop within the confines of their supermarket, thus, Tropical Hut Hamburger was born. Now, it has more than 50 branches nationwide and still growing, proving that it can hold its stance in the fast food arena.
Tropical Hut Food Market, Inc. (THFMI) started its operation as a small sari-sari store and is owned by the Que family. In 1962, the business has grown into a grocery store and expanded rapidly into a Supermarket. It was also in this year that the concept of a Coffee Shop within the Supermarket was launched with the introduction of Tropical Hut Hamburger: The Company was incorporated in February 1965. In 1972, Mercury group of Companies, Inc. acquired the Company with the introduction of a Drugstore within the Supermarket. II. Market Situation
Before Jollibee, before McDonald's, before Burger King, before anyone else, it seems, there is Tropical Hut Hamburger. And hamburger it is, indeed the best it could ever be. But that was long ago. Now, Tropical is just a vestige of its former self.
Everyone suspects that their hamburger is where Jollibee's came from - They almost have the same taste. Their fried chicken is also just like Jollibee's, but this time it was Tropical who copied it. Tropical has other food selections, like Bistek (a local version of beef steak er strips) and other sandwiches. However, the place is not world class. It is not as clean nor as well kempt as McDonald's or Jollibee. And they have a very poor image. Although food is good, you wouldn't want to be seen there.